BULLHEAD CITY–The Boys and Girls Club of the Colorado River is teaming up with Fiesta Bowl Charities, EPCOR Water and Kaboom! to bring local children attending the non-profit organization a playground.

BGCCR Chief Executive Officer Autumn Boyle-Robinson said the playground will be constructed in one day on April 21 at the club location, 2250 Highland Road. There is an expected 200 volunteers coming together to help construct the playground, which was drafted by children who attend the club, said Robinson.

The new playground will be built on an empty site adjacent to the club in six hours and will become a state-of-the-art playground, Robinson said.

In February, Robinson said, children from the surrounding community came together to draw their dream playground. The playground is based off their drawings and will provide more than 1,300 kids in Bullhead City with a great, safe place to play.

“Play is essential to physical, creative, cognitive, social and emotional development. Currently, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River serves over 1,300 children per year and gives them a safe and fun place to play, climb and imagine,” said Robinson “Through this project, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River will work with Fiesta Bowl Charities, EPCOR and KaBOOM! to make a difference in their community and address the most urgent needs of kids.”

The day-long event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a kick-off ceremony; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be the playground construction; 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. final phase of playground construction and 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. will be the ribbon cutting.

The event is sponsored by EPCOR, as part of the Fiesta Bowl Charities 2017-18 grant cycle, Fiesta Bowl Charities granted KaBOOM! funding to help build this playground, the fifth built in Arizona by Fiesta Bowl Charities and KaBOOM!. Fiesta Bowl Charities supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community, said Robinson.

Photo: Autumn Boyle-Robinson (middle) accepts a check from DOT Foods officials to use for the volunteer food during the playground construction day event. CONTRIBUTED/The Bee